Returning players to face relegation battle
RICHIE Williams is hoping to get some key players back in the next month to help steer Amersham & Chiltern away from the threat of relegation, writes Tim Street.
The National Three London & SE side have been struggling with injuries all season and last week added props Ziana Alexis (back) and Joe Winpenny (arm) to the list of crocks.
However, head coach Williams remained upbeat, despite losing 3429 at home to relegation rivals Westcliffe on Saturday.
He said: “Joe has seen a specialist and could be back by the end of the month, while Ziana played on Saturday but is struggling with his back. We are down to the bare bones in back row, which has been a continuing theme this season.
“We should also have Tom Blackburn back by the end of the month. He will be a key player in the last few games of the season, so we don’t want to rush him back before he’s ready.
“We already have Gareth Wehrle, who worked hard on his rehab, back from a long-term injury, and we should also be getting Tom Grammeros, who has been in Ireland with his family, back. We have missed his leadership on and off the pitch. We have 10 games left and should have a full compliment for the last eight or so. It’s in our own hands, but there’s some strong teams below us, and anyone can beat anyone in this league.”
Dean McClennon’s try gave Chiltern a narrow half-time lead on Saturday and, after then falling behind, they hit back through further tries from George Bartlett, Tom Shiel and Williams to lead 2914 with 20 minutes left.
However, with two Chiltern players in the sin bin, Westcliffe came back with two tries before snatching the win with a penalty and drop goal in injury time.
George Bartlett runs in a try for A&C against Westcliffe
“We were leading comfortably with 15 minutes left but were guilty
added: “It was
very of relaxing after we got the bonus point. They came back well, but we lost the game as opposed to them winning it.”